McMurray: 10 must-have baseball cards from the T207 set

From SABR member John McMurray at Sports Collectors Digest on April 27, 2015:

Relative to other contemporary tobacco card sets, the T207 set is remembered for its overall lack of color, a display so plain that even the Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards has described the cards in the set as “rather drab.”

The T207 set’s appeal has clearly been limited further by the number of player poses which are repeated frequently, by a lack of action shots and by images which are typically hazy rather than sharp.

Still, it is important to remember that the “brown background” set includes some truly hard-to-find cards (most notably, Louis Lowdermilk, Irving Lewis and Ward Miller); a few challenging variations (including Paddy Livingston and George Mullin); and several cards of Hall of Fame players which are quite expensive (like Walter Johnson, Harry Hooper and Tris Speaker). These in-demand cards have kept collectors’ interest in the T207 set over time.

Since the T207 set has never been a collector favorite, it is easy to overlook many of the other cards in the set. Beyond the obvious Hall of Fame players, rarities and variations, here are 10 cards from the T207 set which deserve continued attention from collectors (listed in alphabetical order). Some are prominent in the hobby, while others are underrated.

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Originally published: April 28, 2015. Last Updated: April 28, 2015.